Course Description

Intellectual Disability Studies QQI Level 5 Online via Zoom

Forus Training

Are you interested in studying Intellectual Disability Studies? Forus Training’s Level 5 course is starting on September 14th 2022 for €295.


This 7 week course will assist learners to develop the necessary understanding and skill to work with people who have an intellectual disability. Learners will be exposed to the causes, range and effects of intellectual disabilities, and will develop awareness of social models of support and the role of various professionals in responding to the needs of people who have an intellectual disability.


You can also start the course TODAY with our Self Paced option! Click here for more information.

Throughout this course, you will…


  • Categorise the range of terms which have been used to label people with an intellectual disability as inappropriate and appropriate labels,
  • Define the terms intellectual disability and multiple disability,
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of both the medical and social models of support,
  • Recognise the effects of caring for a person with an intellectual disability on close and extended family members,
  • Define the term front line staff,
  • Promote the following in caring for a person with an intellectual disability: dignity, choice, relationships, contributing,
  • Promote positive attitudes toward people with an intellectual disability,
  • Outline the history of services to people with an intellectual disability in Ireland,
  • Explore past and current attitudes toward people with an intellectual disability,
  • Examine own attitude toward people with an intellectual disability,
  • Identify how the policies and practice of a given organisation reflect the attitudes of that organisation toward people with an intellectual disability,
  • Explain the known causes of intellectual disability,
  • Describe the levels of intellectual disability and how these are assessed,
  • Outline the potential impact of a multiple disability on a person,
  • Provide examples of services to persons with an intellectual disability that illustrate the medical and or social models of support,
  • Outline current approaches toward developing quality in the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability and their families, to include standards and quality assurance,
  • Identify examples of progressive models of service delivery both from Ireland and from other countries,
  • Outline the range of physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of persons with an intellectual disability,
  • Explain the role of the following in relation to individuals with an intellectual disability, their families and staff: physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, social worker, psychologist,
  • Explain the role of front line staff in providing individualised support to persons with an intellectual disability in accordance with their preferences and needs,
  • Illustrate the importance of working as part of a team in meeting the needs of persons with an intellectual disability.



This course is assessed in the following ways:

  • Assignment 60%
  • Examination – Theory 40%


Why Forus Training?

At Forus Training, we have many different supports available for your learning:

  • Learners have access to a Learning Management System (LMS). You will be given an account and a full induction on how the course works and how to access all available resources. The LMS includes all session slideshows and related quizzes, and extra course material (where applicable),
  • We also offer a Learner Pack (optional extra with Self Paced) which includes a letter introducing the trainer, the assessment brief, a learner record document, printed LMS slideshows for reference, and accompanying manual / notes to support further learning,
  • Live tutorial sessions are held via Zoom. Our trainers are skilled and experienced in making live sessions engaging and interactive. All tutorials are recorded so that you can go back and re-watch which is especially useful when working on assessments,
  • Other course providers tend to not offer continued support to their learners. Our trainers open numerous doors to our learners. These include opportunities for discussion and feedback, and opportunities to bring up areas that need further assistance or support. They also offer additional education and learning activities, assessment support, opportunities to submit drafts, and meetings before or after class to answer queries that cannot be covered in the session (by appointment).


Click here for more information on studying Intellectual Disability Studies at Forus Training!

Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland
Course Code 5N1652
College Name Forus Training
Course Category Health Care, Intellectual Disability
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Mullingar, Westmeath, Ireland
Course Start Date 13th September 2022
Course End Date 25th October 2022
Course Fee 295
Course Duration 7 weeks
Course Times The course is accessible online, with a mixture of virtual sessions and self directed learning. Tutor support is provided throughout the course.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding Intellectual Disability Studies
Entry Requirements This course is open to anyone interested in doing it provided you fulfil some or one of the following criteria: Have completed the Leaving Certificate, and/or You may also be eligible if you have relevant life and work experience, in this case you may need to speak to the tutor and discuss your previous work experience or furnish the tutor with a CV and work references.
Career Path This course leads to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications. Students who successfully complete this programme may use their credits towards completing a higher level of study in the area of Health and Social Care. Students who successfully complete this Major Award can also use the Certificate as the basis for entry into selected courses in Third Level Colleges and Universities.
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